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Kazakhstan and the South Caucasus corridor in the wake of the Georgia-Russia war. EUCAM Policy Brief #3, 29 January 2009

Kassenova, Nargis. (2009) Kazakhstan and the South Caucasus corridor in the wake of the Georgia-Russia war. EUCAM Policy Brief #3, 29 January 2009. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline links Azerbaijan and Georgia to European energy markets, establishing the basis for their geopolitical re-orientation of recent years. These two countries also created the South Caucasus transit corridor for resource-rich Central Asian states. Kazakhstan has slowly but surely worked to develop this westbound route for its oil exports. It has been building port facilities on its side of the Caspian, bought tanker ships and acquired a terminal in Georgia. The August war between Georgia and Russia revealed the insecurity of transit through Georgia and reminded us of the fragile stability of the region of South Caucasus. It seemed to put Kazakhstan’s plans of ’going west’ in jeopardy. However, developments that took place this autumn show that Astana is not ready to give up the South Caucasus route, which is highly important for commercial and geopolitical reasons.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Russia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Asia-general > Central Asia
    Countries > Georgia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > EUCAM Policy Brief
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009
    Page Range: p. 6
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:12
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11079

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